Stuck in Winter Weather Traffic? IBM and Telvent May Have a Solution

Photo: P199

As anyone who lives in a sprawling urban area knows firsthand, countless hours of productivity and family time are foregone every year due to traffic delays.

This is why IBM and Telvent are working together on a solution that combines GPS, road sensors, bus schedules and sophisticated analytics to improve the situation on the road. Drivers would be notified ahead of time of delays and would be provided information about alternate routes; cities would be able to monitor real-time status of parking spaces and could more easily adjust public transportation schedules around football games or other events.

The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates travel delays in cities could be reduced by up to 500 million hours per year by combining operational strategies such as incident management and traffic signal control.

Delays are not limited to large cities like Washington, D.C.: a Bundle survey listed smaller metropolitan areas such as Austin, Texas, and Orlando, Fla., as among the 10 worst in the nation.

Rich Varos, IBM director of Intelligent Transportation Solutions, said existing infrastructure simply was not designed to handle today’s traffic, whether it occurs in business areas, university spaces, or suburban sprawl.

“By combining predictive analytics with the realities of system constraints, transportation operators of any size can implement more sustainable traffic planning, improved passenger services and increased efficiencies,” he said.

You may also be interested in...

SBIRS GEO-5 Satellite Lockheed Martin

Lockheed-Made SBIRS GEO-5 Satellite Set for Launch Next Year

Lockheed Martin has announced the launch readiness of an upcoming military space satellite designed to provide missile warning via infrared technology. The company said Wednesday its fifth Space-Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite or SBIRS GEO-5 is set for flight in 2021, following the satellite's completion in October this year.


Parsons Announces New Products for Cloud Native Streaming

Parsons has unveiled a new series of cloud products designed to help government and commercial customers process large amounts of data while ensuring lesser infrastructure costs. The company said Wednesday it will offer cloud native stream platforms to deliver the scalability needed to maximize cloud resources.


Bitglass Gets FedRAMP OK for Secure Cloud Access Offering

Bitglass has earned a certification under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program for a platform developed to protect any interaction between devices, applications, on-premises resources, infrastructure and web destinations.